Student Opportunity Act Signed Into Law
We Won. Now We Keep Fighting.
We won! The Student Opportunity Act, signed into law on November 26, is a tremendous victory for students and our communities.
When we started this fight, we were told that we were asking for too much. The corporate lobby said that stripping away democratic control of public schools with privatization schemes would be the price we would have to pay for the funding we deserve.
But when we fight, we win. And we won big. Students, families, educators, and communities across Massachusetts will see $1.5 billion above inflation in new annual funding for public education, phased in over the next seven years.
This money will primarily go to communities where low-income students and students of color have been deprived of equitably funded public schools for decades.
From the schoolyard to town halls, on Boston Common and at the State House, we said it was time to “fund our future now!” We testified before lawmakers, sharing the deep impact the public education funding crisis had on us, our families, and our communities. Lawmakers heard our message and ultimately agreed.
But this fight is not over.
While the Student Opportunity Act is now law, legislators have taken no action to address the problem of underfunding at our public colleges and universities through the Cherish Act. We also must organize in our local communities to make sure that administrators and local officials spend these funds on real student needs and to prevent state education officials from burdening school districts with mandates that take time away from teaching and learning.
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